Meet 2020 Safety Champion Cindy Kaufmann

This week, BC Care Providers Association announced the winners of the 7th Annual BC Care Awards which recognizes employees who provide superlative and compassionate care for seniors and in addition to having the respect and support of their peers.

In this profile, we feature 2020 Safety Champion award winner Cindy Kaufmann from Eden Gardens in Nanaimo.

Here’s what Cindy’s colleague and nominator Erin Beaudoin had to say about her:

Cindy has basically run our Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) committee this past year. She has helped to recruit new members, she has built interactive education ideas, she has massively improved upon our return-to-work program, and is in touch with people on leave. She is so much more than our receptionist and we’re growing our safety culture because of her.

Cindy looks for risks and solutions immediately. She doesn’t wait for others to mull things over — if she sees something unsafe, she takes the initiative and has it resolved immediately. She looks for creative and effective solutions.


Cindy has a passion for safety. She can recognize risks and has her “safety hat” on at all times. She is collaborative with the teams to create solutions and works daily to create a better culture of safety for our organization. She has completely recreated our return-to-work program which many employees have said helps them feel supported and safe at work. Eden Gardens wouldn’t be the same without her and she deserves this recognition because her title of receptionist is not nearly inclusive of all she does.

Below is a video of Cindy receiving her award from BCCPA CEO Terry Lake at the Hearts and Hands conference for health care assistants.

The 2020 BC Care Awards have been made possible through the generous support of McKesson Canada.

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